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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 2nd FEBUARY 2015 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr L Piper
Mr K Davis
Mr M Lewis – County and District Councillor – Camelot Ward
Also present: 4 member of the public
In attendance: Mrs A Voysey – Clerk

After a short opportunity for members of the public to address the Council, the Chairman opened the meeting at 8.00 pm.

1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mr Peter Downton

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Larry Piper

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s meeting.

4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Wescott advised that while the Neighbourhood Watch had no co-ordinator the 10 representatives would continue to receive and circulate information.
Thelma Mead sent an apology that she could not attend the meeting.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis reported that the county and district elements of Council Tax were not intended to be increased but this was awaiting a decision.

6 HIGHWAYS
Mr Tuck had noted that the Street Scene vehicle had been sweeping the old A303 road (Little Weston layby, and at Chapel Cross bus stop), this resource could have been more usefully employed in the village. Other councillors noted that the Church Road had been swept recently. Mr Lewis advised that with verge trimming and hedge cutting taking place it was necessary to sweep the old 303 road.
As gully grating cleaning is organised on a 4 year cycle any request for problems to be resolved must be made on a site specific basis.

7 PLANNING DECISIONS
14/05009/REM: Reserved matters of outline approval (14/02481/OUT). Land adjoining Longhazel, High Street Sparkford. Mr & Mrs Clive Wakefield. GRANTED

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
14/01958/FUL: Erection of 28 dwelling houses and 1 commercial unit all with associated highways and landscaping. Longhazel Farm, High Street, Sparkford BA22 7JH. AMENDED PLANS, No comments were made.
Following communication from SSDC the Clerk enquired about Parish Council comments on two applications, these comments have been sent. Clerk/Chair to respond.

9 MATTERS ARISING

a) The overhanging branch has been removed. Concern was raised, by representatives of the Cricket Club about the condition of the trees along the cricket ground boundary with The Avenue. A report is to be requested from SSDC arborist and also to include the trees on the south side of The Avenue attention having been drawn to these by Mr Wescott.
b) Gully grating/drain clearance and pothole at A359/London Road junction to be site specific and request made.
c) Coal Yard house occupation. A lengthy discussion took place about the changing developers of this site and implications for revenue from the S106 agreement and the future use of S106 agreements in general. In general terms it is thought to be unlikely that S106 agreements will be a successful means of collecting money from developers of sites and that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) could be developed as the way forward. Members were disappointed with regard to the Coal Yard site as support had been given for its development on the basis that the community would benefit. Mr Lewis advised that each case should be considered on its merits and, as in this instance, where sites are changing hands and the development is mixed a request should be made to bring the matter before Area East Committee. All agreed with this action.
d) County Council review of footpaths.

10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS

a) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses The final salary and expenses claim of the outgoing Clerk for 603.13 were approved
b) SALC training courses for incoming Clerk , a fee of 55 was approved

11 CORRESPONDENCE
An email was received from CCS regarding renewal of membership. Members were not aware of membership. Clerk to investigate and respond accordingly

12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

a) Mr Bourke reported that he and Mr Crawford had attended the annual Area East meeting which had been useful although one talk about community power systems had already been undermined by a central government announcement the following day. Mr Cooper from Street Scene announced that there would be a ‘small works’ man, employable by parishes at a cost of 17 per hour.
b) After distribution of the latest SID statistics Mr Braithwaite suggested that something must be done to reduce speed of cars travelling through the village. It was agreed that Thelma Mead be asked for a speed camera to visit and operate in the village
c) An update was requested on the traffic calming (Small Improvement Scheme), there was no further news, other than it was not possible to include Wolfester Terrace in the SIC at this late stage.
d) The subject of the Parish News was raised. Changes in the content and layout were widely seen as a great improvement. There was however some concern over changes to the title of the newsletter and that some members of/groups in the community had been upset by this. While acknowledging that the newsletter falls beyond the remit of the Parish Council it was agreed that the subject be put on the agenda for the next meeting. The Chair would also seek to talk with the Editor.

13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS   None

14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Small Improvement Scheme

15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 2nd March, 2015
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50pm
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